Papal nuncio urges greater attention to seminary formation

Papal nuncio urges greater attention to seminary formation

Papal Nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Caccia is flanked by CBCP President Archbishop Romulo Valles and Vice President Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as he delivers his message for the 116th bishops’ plenary assembly in Cebu City, Jan. 27, 2018. CBCPNews

CEBU City— Papal Nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Caccia has said the Church must pay greater attention to the new generation of seminarians in their formation programs.

Speaking before the bishops gathered for their plenary assembly in Cebu City on Jan. 27, he encouraged for continued efforts to provide minor and major seminaries with the “best formators”.

“All our efforts in the formation in faith will ensure good results not only for the seminarians themselves but for the Church at large, wherever discernments of their vocation will lead them,” Caccia said.

This is the first time that the new Vatican envoy, who only assumed his post last November, attended the biannual meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

The plenary assembly was preceded with the National Conference on the Promotion of the New Ratio attended by the nuncio and hundreds of bishops and seminary formators from across the country.

The four-day conference was also graced by Mexican Archbishop Jorge Patron Wong who came all the way from Rome as secretary for seminaries at the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy.

The gathering was among the activities as the local Church marks the ongoing Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons (YCCP).

Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, chairman of the CBCP’s Commission on Seminaries, said the event was to familiarize formators with the content of the new Ratio and its implications on their approaches to formation.

According to him, it also helped in generating more ideas that will aid the CBCP agency in the task of coming up with an updated “Ratio Nationalis”.

Archbishop Caccia also said that the YCCP also concerns the bishops as its “it presents us an occasion for the renewal of our life and ministry”.

“In this year of the clergy, it is good to stress the necessity of the ongoing formation and renewal for all priests, including bishops,” he said. CBCPNews